Soda Pipes (PC)

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Graphics: 8.00
Sound: 7.50
Gameplay: 8.00
Replays: 8.00

Soda Pipes is a new puzzle game from Athletic Design, and it’s a pretty fun one that will continue to challenge players as they get better at it. If you’re a puzzle fan, definitely keep reading.

One thing that the game has going for it is the visual style. Everything in the game is bright and vibrant, and it can appeal to gamers of all ages. Pieces are easy to distinguish from one another, so before you know it you will be changing the pipe design with easy and directing the flow of soda to its destination. Helping with the lighthearted theme is the nice soundtrack that doesn’t get in the way of the player.

While you may have played similar themed games in the past, Soda Pipes allows for multiple flows at one time, allowing for more varied gameplay as gamers rush to avoid spills. People of all ages will likely enjoy playing it, as the core gameplay is very easy to get into (you set and place pieces with the mouse, and that’s about it).

There are three modes to choose from in the game. Arcade mode is similar to other games of the type, where you must keep expanding the pipeline to stay ahead of the flow and keep it from spilling. A similar setup is used for Puzzle mode, only in this mode you have a set number of pipes and the flow does not start until all of them have been used. Players will get points in both modes based on how far the flow advances, and the Arcade mode contains three difficulty levels (this will change how fast the soda flow advances).

While these modes are nice (and standards in the puzzle genre mind you), the real hook of Soda Pipes is the Adventure mode. There are 28 levels to choose from and three difficulty levels for each. Once you complete a level on the medium or hard difficulty, the next one will be available for play. In the beginning these levels are fairly easy, but as you advance they get more complicated. However, you are eased into these challenges, and it feels just right.

This isn’t the deepest game ever, but then again, puzzle games don’t need to be. While it’s not too different from similar games, the addition of multiple flows adds some needed variety. If you’re in need of a new puzzle game that will keep you coming back, give Soda Pipes a look. A demo can be downloaded at http://www.athleticdesign.se, and the full version is $19.95.

Overall Rating: 8.00

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